What does venerable mean?

Definitions for venerable
ˈvɛn ər ə bəlven·er·a·ble

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word venerable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. venerableadjective

    impressive by reason of age

    "a venerable sage with white hair and beard"

  2. august, revered, venerableadjective

    profoundly honored

    "revered holy men"


  1. venerableadjective

    Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church

  2. venerableadjective

    commanding respect because of age, dignity, character or position

  3. venerableadjective

    Used as a form of address in the Roman Catholic Church for someone in the first stages of sainthood

  4. venerableadjective

    worthy of reverence

  5. venerableadjective

    Used as a form of address in the Eastern Orthodox Church for some saints

  6. venerableadjective

    ancient, antiquated or archaic

  7. venerableadjective

    made sacred especially by religious or historical association

  8. venerableadjective

    a : calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments; broadly : conveying an impression of aged goodness and benevolence b : impressive by reason of age


  1. venerable

    The Venerable (venerabilis in Latin) is a style, a title, or an epithet which is used in some Western Christian churches, or it is a translation of similar terms for clerics in Eastern Orthodoxy and monastics in Buddhism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Venerableadjective

    capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; -- generally implying an advanced age; as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable parent

  2. Venerableadjective

    rendered sacred by religious or other associations; that should be regarded with awe and treated with reverence; as, the venerable walls of a temple or a church

  3. Etymology: [L. venerabilis: cf. F. vnrable.]


  1. Venerable

    The Venerable is used as a style or epithet in several Christian churches. It is also the common English-language translation of a number of Buddhist titles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Venerable

    ven′e-ra-bl, adj. that may be venerated: worthy of veneration, reverence, or honour: rendered sacred by religious or other associations: aged.—n. Ven′erableness.—adv. Ven′erably. [L. venerabilisvenerāri, to venerate.]

Editors Contribution


    calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments;broadly : conveying an impression of aged goodness and benevolence; deserving to be venerated;Belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past:age-old, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, hoary, old, olden, old-time, timeworn. Idioms: old as Methuselah, old as the hills. respected, august, sage, revered, honoured, wise, esteemed, reverenced;profoundly honored,revered, august,hallowed, revered, reverend, sacred,characterized by decadence, especially culturally or morally.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 25, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Venerable is ranked #50771 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Venerable surname appeared 411 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Venerable.

    55.7% or 229 total occurrences were Black.
    29.4% or 121 total occurrences were White.
    10.2% or 42 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.1% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of venerable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of venerable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of venerable in a Sentence


    The seven colors of the rainbow are the shades of human lifestyle: reserved, outlandish, yo-yo, good, bad, innovative and venerable.

  2. Marc Rowan:

    In our view, Venerable is not a great product to be part of a public company, given the inherent volatility of GAAP results if business is run properly.

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    What is a country without rabbits and partridges They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products ancient and venerable familes known to antiquity as to modern times of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground.

  4. Rebecca West:

    In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.

  5. Quil Lance:

    Charleston County Mayor Joseph Riley said. What motivated the gunman is not yet clear, but his monstrous act took the lives of nine people who prayed, worked and struggled on behalf of their community and their church. Related ImageExpand / ContractSharonda Coleman-Singleton, was a speech therapist and girls ’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School. ( Courtesy : Charleston Post and Courier) Cynthia Hurd, 54, was a branch manger in the Charleston County Public Library -RRB- system, where Cynthia Hurd was so revered from a career spanning 31 years that all city branches were closed in Cynthia Hurd honor Thursday. Cynthia Hurd was a tireless servant of the community who spent Cynthia Hurd life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth, the library system said in a statement. Cynthia Hurd loss is incomprehensible, and we ask for prayers for Cynthia Hurd family, her co-workers, her church and this entire community as we come together to face this tragic loss. Related ImageExpand / ContractCynthia Hurd was a librarian who worshiped at the venerable church. ( Charleston County Public Library) Quil Lance had retired from Gaillard Center, a performance hall in Charleston County, and been serving as a custodian at the church where Quil Lance worshiped. As big a void as Quil Lance death leaves there, it left an even deeper one in the family Quil Lance held together with love and strength, Quil Lance grandson, Quil Lance, told the Charleston Post and Courier I ’m lost, I ’m lost, granny was the heart of the family. Related ImageExpand / ContractClementa Pinckney was a beloved pastor and respected lawmaker before he was gunned down in his own church Wednesday night. ( Grace Beahm/The Charleston Post and Courier via AP).

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    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    • A. rapture
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